Ex-AG of Odisha quizzed by CBI in ponzi scheme scam

Former Odisha Advocate General Ashok Mohanty was interrogated by CBI on Saturday, a day after his resignation was accepted by the government, in connection with the ponzi scheme scam.

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha Advocate General Ashok Mohanty was interrogated by CBI on Saturday, a day after his resignation was accepted by the government, in connection with the ponzi scheme scam.

Mohanty, who appeared at the CBI office here around noon, was quizzed for about 90 minutes regarding a house he had purchased in Cuttack from ponzi scheme company Artha Tatwa Group chairman-cum-managing director Pradip Sethy, CBI sources said.

Sethy has already been arrested.

Soon after his interrogation, Mohanty told reporters that he had provided all required information and clarifications regarding the house bought by him in CDA area of Cuttack in 2013 to CBI.

"When I purchased the house I was not aware that Sethy was an accused in the chit-fund scam. I had no knowledge about his background and activities. I explained to CBI officials about my position," he said.

Denying that he had got the house as a gift, Mohanty said he had made full payment of Rs one crore and one lakh for the property through bank cheques and had produced all the bank statements and documents in this regard before the CBI officials.

The former AG said he had no idea that Sethy had moved an application for anticipatory bail in Orissa High Court after being booked in some chit-fund cases.

Mohanty had submitted his resignation as AG about four months ago and it was accepted by the government yesterday.

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